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46 x 45 cm / 18" x 18"
67 x 66 cm / 26” x 26"
Oil on board
Signed lower left
A Private Collection, Melbourne
The final painting completed for inclusion in the artist’s Melbourne exhibition this month, features an astonishing scene - dreamlike, erotically charged, and exploring Watson’s signature theme of complimentary opposites in an invented setting.
Appearing to have been interrupted, Melbourne model Alex turns and engages the viewer, naked, confident, and seemingly well aware of the potency of his animal magnetism. Adjacent and in contrast to Alex is the formality and intensity of the handsome, uniformed King’s Trooper, who stands still with his eyes keenly focused in the distance. The hallmark of Watson's skill is evident in the exquisitely rendered detail of the soldiers uniform.
Diagonal lines, rich colour and shadow and light enliven the background in a forcefully simple and direct composition, which includes a military regimental insignia.
Instantly recognisable as a companion work to the similarly titled and internationally popular artwork Alexis and the King’s Trooper, which features on the cover of Watson’s new book Untitled II. The two paintings explore similar themes while employing different models, and are precisely the same size.
This outstanding and collectable painting may be pre-purchased and will be available for release at the conclusion of our Melbourne Exhibition and Book Launch. 21 November to 1 December, 2019.
"I have been a proud collector of Ross' paintings for many years. His art is astounding in its beauty, emotion, and reverence for our humanity and the world we live in. His attention to the smallest details, and use of light, dark and colour, rivals art's greatest masters."
James J. O'Donnell, Patron, art collector, NYC
"We are loving our new acquisition and we know that 'Nathan, view to Florence' will bring us endless years of joy. Thanks for sharing your talent. We love your work so keep it up!"
Paul Zahra and Duncan Peerman, Sydney
"As avid art collectors we are very proud to have Ross' stunningly handsome work in our collection. His art brings us great joy and we love to share his work with our friends and visitors. We were absolutely thrilled to recently add 'Two Soldiers' to our collection."
Christopher Cosier & Chris Webber, Sydney
"I purchased the original painting 10 years ago at your gallery during Mardi Gras and it has given me enormous pleasure ever since. I remember standing in the gallery for a couple of hours wondering if I should buy it. I have never regretted that decision."
Jon Anderson and Lance Johnson, Palm Springs
"Your art hanging around our home provides us with such pleasure, and we can’t wait for A-Bay to join the Ross Watson family."
Haydon Elliot and Greg Moses, Melbourne